“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
God’s peace is perhaps the greatest treasure on earth and above, but it did not come without a price. God purchased this peace for us with the blood of His only Son. And perhaps one might ask, “Peace? What peace?”. In a broken world plagued with struggles and strifes, it may seem impossible to know or experience this peace, but I can assure you it is possible. We receive this gift by trusting in God in the midst of life’s storms. By trusting in Him, we are blessed with relief from the swirling hurricane that surrounds us.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy!” (James 1:2)
It’s easy to see God in our lives when things are going according to plan, but I’ve learned that it is important to look for God in all circumstances. Which is much easier said than done.
Take me being an alcoholic for example. How can this possibly be anything to rejoice over? Well, I’ll tell you. My belief in God is the only thing that has saved me from drinking and the only thing that will ever save me from drinking. To experience this kind of power is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. How can I deny that God is real? How can I deny that God is good, that He saves us and that He loves us unconditionally. I’ve been a wretch and a fool. I’ve turned my back on Him, I’ve cursed Him, I’ve pretended He’s not there. And yet, He comes to my rescue every single time without hesitation. Spiritual blessings truly are wrapped in trials. We can rejoice in the face of hardship. But if we aren’t looking for them, we can’t see them! Seeking God is the first step in receiving His wonderful gifts. Until then, we are oblivious to His great works and His unwavering mercy over us.
I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but, thank you God for making me an alcoholic because if I wasn’t I don’t know if I would ever have found you. I thank you for the doors you have opened, and for the ones you have closed. I pray that you continue to use this weakness to demonstrate your power to the world! I pray for continued sobriety and that maybe someday, I’ll be able to share my story and help somebody in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.